CM Virbhadra Singh downplays clash between Youth Cong, BJP activists
Downplaying the recent clash between Himachal Youth Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party workers outside the BJP state headquarters here, which left a dozen people injured, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Friday he had no comments on the move by the governor's office to seek a report on the incident.
"The BJP was prepared to disrupt the peaceful protest held by Youth Congress activists. I've personally seen all the videos recording the incident. The Youth Congress chief had addressed the protesters twice, saying that protest should be peaceful. There is no President's rule in Himachal Pradesh.," he said while talking to reporters here.
Virbhadra also blamed the BJP for the incident. "The Youth Congress workers were not carrying any sticks and stones and it was the BJP workers who had stored stones and sticks in the party's office.
Though there was no need for such courtesy, the Youth Congress chief had called up (former chief minister and BJP leader) Prem Kumar Dhumal to inform him about the protest outside the BJP office in advance, which gave ample time to the BJP to be prepared for the protesters," he added.
He also flayed the opposition demand for a CBI probe into the incident. "When the state police is competent to investigate the matter there's no need for a CBI probe. This was not a big issue and one should not draw political capital out of it, I don't want to highlight this issue," he added.
On being asked about protests outside offices of political parties, Virbhadra said, "This was started by the BJP and there's no harm in it if the protest is peaceful. It was the BJP that blocked the public street outside their party's office while the Youth Congress activists were protesting peacefully".